Rocking Horse Charity Build #2: Part 2

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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 10-03-2011 08:22 PM 8987 reads 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The rocking horse is a great project for new and experienced woodworkers alike so its perfect for our charity build. If you would like to build along, I suggest downloading the plan today while it is still free. You can also download full-size patterns here.

The second and final video in this series covers finishing and assembly. As with any project, you should always ask yourself if it might be better to pre-finish the parts. Since the rocking horse would be incredibly difficult to finish after assembly and all of our parts are screwed together, pre-finishing was a no-brainer.

I’ll show you some cool tricks for coloring the horses mane as well as how to effectively plug the counter-sink holes (after finishing). Here are some of the tools I used:

Tapered Plug Cutter
General Finishes Gel Stain
BullsEye Shellac

<h2>How the Charity Works</h2>
For each person who completes a rocking horse (one per person), I am donating $1 to Livestrong. We also have numerous corporate and individual sponsors who are matching my donation. With their help and yours, we are trying to reach our goal of $10,000! If you don’t want to build along you can always donate directly. And if you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, please feel free to contact me. 100% of proceeds benefit Livestrong.

When you finish your rocking horse, simply send me a picture and your build will count toward our final tally. All pictures must be submitted by November 14th.

<h2>Our Sponsors</h2>

Special thanks to our individual sponsors: Erik Gilling, Joseph Buscemi, and Jason Small.

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#1 posted 10-03-2011 10:58 PM

A great build for a great cause. Thanks for posting such detailed videos.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#2 posted 10-04-2011 11:21 PM

A friend of mine just had a baby a couple weeks ago – great timing Marc :) Oh, and congrats on your soon-to-be arriving son! My son is 7 now and it’s pretty amazing becoming a father.

-- Family, Friends, Jiu Jitsu, Woodworking. Order varies daily!

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